mboatman wrote:I really like the brown pots. Nice!
ronlang wrote:Hi Paul
I've been meaning to tell you how good those engobe surfaced pots look. They have such a warm smooth surface and even a soft sheen which isn't easy to get with clay slips. The reddish one especially almost looks like terra sigillata. As you know, terra sig. is a clay slip made up of the finest particles removed off the top, after the decanting, in water, of a clay solution. Over a few days the heaviest and largest particles settle to the bottom while the finest remain on top. This slip when painted on a clay surface imparts a soft sheen that can be polished or burnished to further enhance the effect. Southwestern American Indian pots are probably some of the most familiar examples.
So, I'm not asking how, but you have managed to get a similar surface at high temperature. Actual terra sig is usually relegated to low temperature ceramics. These surfaces of yours also remind me of the beautiful clays from the Yixing region in China. Quite nice!
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